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Preschool programs


Lexington County School District One offers needs-based and tuition-based general education, preschool programs for four-year-old children. The district also offers special education programs for preschool-aged children with certain academic, developmental, speech, and/or physical needs.

To apply for needs-based 4K for the 2021-2022 school year:
click here for an English application
click here for a Spanish application

To apply for tuition-based 4K for the 2021-2022 school year:
click here for an English application
click here for a Spanish application

Please only apply for one program.


Various preschool programs are offered at 14 elementary schools across the district.

Parents or guardians of children who are zoned for a Lexington School District One elementary school and are four years old on or before September 1, 2021 may apply to a general education 4-K program.

If accepted into a needs-based preschool program, students do not always attend the same school for which they are zoned. However, we try to place students as close to their attendance area as possible. For example, you may be zoned for Meadow Glen Elementary, but your child may attend a needs-based preschool program at Oak Grove Elementary for 4-K only.



What are the benefits of attending a Lexington District One preschool program?

Certified Teacher

Certified early childhood teachers lead all Lexington One preschool classes. An instructional assistant also works in each classroom. Our teachers participate in high-quality professional development to learn the best practices in early childhood education.

Play-based curriculum that complements 5-year-old Kindergarten

Play is an important part of the preschool day. Our classes combine play with instruction to prepare students for life and school. We use play to facilitate many areas of learning including language development and social and emotional skills. Our programs use similar instructional methods that are used in kindergarten classes in Lexington District One to promote a smooth transition to kindergarten.

Instruction aligned with the state standards

Our teachers follow the South Carolina standards for preschool to ensure equity across preschool programs. These standards help to ensure all South Carolina preschool children build the foundational skills they need to be successful in school.

School environment

Since our preschool programs are located in elementary schools, children become familiar with the school environment that they likely will experience in kindergarten and beyond.



What is the process for acceptance into the needs-based 4K program?

Parents or guardians of children who are four years old on or before September 1, 2021 may apply to the general education 4-K program. The online application will be available beginning February 1, 2021, on this webpage. If you would like to apply for the program with a paper application, please contact your zoned elementary school.

If accepted, students will attend the 4-K program in their attendance zone.

Once the application is submitted, you will be contacted to schedule a screening appointment time. You will need to bring the following documents with you to the screening appointment:

• Child’s official birth certificate with parents’ names listed (not a wallet or short form certificate)

• Completed S.C. Certificate of Immunization

• Current electric bill/statement showing parent’s name and home address within district for proof of residency

• Parent’s driver’s license or other state or federal photo identification

• Proof of income (acceptable forms of proof include child’s current Medicaid card, income tax information or parents’ most recent pay stub)


At the screening, your child will be assessed in the following areas: motor, concepts, language, self-help development and social-emotional development.

The district bases acceptance into the program on information gathered at the screening. Following the screening, you will be notified by email of your child’s status.

With the exception of our tuition-based program, funding guidelines require that we serve four-year-olds with the greatest needs. All students not initially accepted into the program will be placed on a waiting list.

What is the process for acceptance into the tuition-based 4K program?

Parents or guardians of children who are four years old on or before September 1, 2021 may apply for the tuition-based, four-year-old program on a first-come, first served basis.

Applications for this program will open on February 1, 2021 at 9:00 am on this webpage.

Tuition-based programs are offered at Lake Murray Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary and Midway Elementary.

You do not have to be zoned for the school to register for the tuition-based program. Transportation is not provided for this program. 

To register for the program, you will need to bring the following:

Child’s official birth certificate with parents’ names listed (not a wallet or short form certificate)

Completed S.C. Certificate of Immunization

Current electric bill/statement showing parent’s name and home address within district for proof of residency

Parent’s driver’s license or other state or federal photo identification

$250.00 Deposit to secure the spot (This will be applied towards the first month’s payment.)


Cost for tuition-based program
Fees include a $250, non-refundable deposit due at registration. Other expenses include a $100 annual learning fee and 10 monthly installments of $525.



Special Education Preschool Programs

Lexington District One offers special education programs for preschool-aged children with certain academic, developmental, speech, and/or physical needs.

If you are a parent of a child receiving services from Babynet, your Early Interventionist will contact you regarding the process of transitioning into the school district. Each child transitioning from Babynet services will have a transition meeting that explains the process and determine if evaluations are needed for your child.

If you have concerns about your child’s development and you are not currently receiving Babynet services, please contact Special Services at 803-821-1101 to schedule a Child Find Clinic appointment.

You can find more information in our flyers.
Preschool flyer
Preschool flyer (Spanish)

If your child is recommended for an evaluation and determined eligible for services, services will not be provided until you complete the registration process to include providing a birth certificate, proof of residency, immunization records, and a copy of a parent or guardian’s driver’s license.



Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to provide proof of income for general education 4-K programs?
This is a requirement for state-funded preschool programs.

I’m concerned about my child’s speech or other developmental concerns. What should I do?
If your child is between 34-months old and five years of age (not yet in kindergarten), contact Special Services to schedule a clinic screening appointment at 803-821-1101.

What types of questions will my child be asked at screening for 4-K?
Your child will be screened using the DIAL-4 assessment. The DIAL-4 tests a child's motor skills (skipping, jumping, cutting, writing), conceptual skills (knowledge of colors, counting), and language skills (knowledge of letters and words, ability to solve problems). During the screening, your child will participate in several games-based activities that measure his or her performance for each of the three main areas of the DIAL-4.

Will I be able to stay with my child during the screening?
A teacher will complete the screening assessment with your child in a nearby room. You will not be far away but will not be able to accompany your child to the screening.

When will I be notified if my child was accepted to 4-K?
You will be notified by June 15, 2021 if your child has been accepted or placed on a waiting list.

What programs do you have for typically developing 3 year olds?
There are no general education programs for three year olds in our district. The district only provides programs for three year olds that are eligible with a disability.



Additional Resources

Palmetto Pre-K
Palmetto Pre-K is your one-stop shop for finding free or subsidized educational Pre-K programs in South Carolina.

Text 2 Read Program
Sign up to receive weekly text messages with fun activities to do with children three to five years old. Activities align with preschool standards and help prepare children for kindergarten.

Ages and Stages Online
Take an online assessment to monitor your child’s developmental skills. After completing, Family Connections will review results with you.

Ready, Set - Kindergarten! Family Guides for Pre-K-Kindergarten
There are six areas of growth and experience that research tells us are involved in helping a child progress and succeed. These guides offer a brief introduction to each area and provide samples of the experiences and skills children need to be prepared to move through preschool at three, four, and five years of age.